Friday, July 30, 2010

Sepia Saturday: India Memories

This photo from February 1992 was from my first visit to India while making a documentary about a women's health program in Deenabandupurum on the border of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. If I get ambitious, I might post a digital version of that video that I haven't look at in easily a decade. I'll never forget the "protagonist" of the piece, a low caste woman named Jeya Laxmi who endured years physical abuse from her husband and went on to run against a Brahman man as mayor of her village.

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13 Comments:

At 7:14 PM, Blogger Kat Mortensen said...

Wow! I didn't realize you had been in India. You must have many such stories. It's not an easy culture to understand in some respects.

Kat

 
At 7:19 PM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Kat - Oh, yes, India several times and Nepal, Burkina Faso, Vietnam, Haiti, Catalonia...

 
At 7:13 AM, Blogger Martin H. said...

Nice post. Do you know if Jeya Laxmi was successful?

 
At 10:39 AM, Blogger mouse (aka kimy) said...

wow , what a story - i do wonder what jeya is up to now 18 years later

do get ambitious!!

 
At 3:09 PM, Blogger Barbara and Nancy said...

I want to see that video and get an update on Jeya. Tell us more !!!

 
At 12:55 PM, Blogger Pat transplanted to MN said...

Well that had to be very difficult, strange, and fulfilling. Interesting photo! I see from the other comments that you really have traveled near and far. Looking forward to more intrique soon! You likely can enjoy and relate to the diversity of the city by the Bay






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At 1:37 PM, Blogger Tattered and Lost said...

Did she win the race?

 
At 1:47 PM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

She lost by two points.

 
At 2:19 PM, Blogger Christine H. said...

Wonderful post. I'd like to know more too.

 
At 3:08 PM, Blogger TICKLEBEAR said...

well, it is interesting to see that women that would be considered in the west as living in some backward way, manage to take control of their lives when confronted to adversities. feminism is still alive!!
thanx 4 sharing.
an update on those women would be nice.
:)~
HUGZ

 
At 5:14 PM, Blogger Nancy said...

I'm also interested in Jeya Laxmi's success. What an interesting post.

 
At 6:10 AM, Blogger Salty Miss Jill said...

What a great photo, and what an inspiration Jeya Laxmi is. (Not to mention yourself!)
Yes, it seems like the votes are all in favor of seeing that documentary.

 
At 6:54 AM, Blogger Alan Burnett said...

Fascinating post. Nice to see Sepia interpreted in terms of more recent and immediate memories for a change.

 

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